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ACM Names 2019 Turing Award Recipients


Today ACM named Patrick M. (Pat) Hanrahan and Edwin E. (Ed) Catmull recipients of the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award. They are recognized for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics, and the revolutionary impact of these techniques on computer-generated imagery (CGI) in filmmaking and other applications.

Catmull is a computer scientist and former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. Hanrahan, a founding employee at Pixar, is a professor in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at Stanford University. He was a speaker at the 2009 CCC-organized symposium “Computing Research that Changed the World:  Reflections and Perspectives.” The event brought together federal policy-makers and computing researchers to examine game-changing computing research advances and to extract lessons for structuring future programs to sustain that remarkable track record. Hanrahan was also a member of the CRA Education Committee (2009-10). The committee, chaired by Andy van Dam, produced the white paper “Creating Environments for Computational Researcher Education,” which was published in August 2010.

From the ACM announcement:

Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan have fundamentally influenced the field of computer graphics through conceptual innovation and contributions to both software and hardware. Their work has had a revolutionary impact on filmmaking, leading to a new genre of entirely computer-animated feature films beginning 25 years ago with Toy Story and continuing to the present day.

The ACM A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” carries a $1 million prize, with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing.

Click here to read the full ACM announcement.